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A woman is not milk

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480741_10151210784143305_185710235_nI saw this image circulating on Facebook, breastfeeding and lactation activists liking it. Much to my horror. I abhor the image and the writing. Both are scarily anti-woman in their message.

The image objectifies women by dissecting them into parts. Here we can see breasts. The women are headless, faceless, legless, and armless. In this image women’s breasts are viewed as milk factories that produce medically valuable commodity, a “dream product”. The inscription in the image reinforces what the image “says”.

I am horrified because feeding and immunizing everybody on earth does not sustain life nor does it nurture anybody. Two experiments come to mind. One is Harlow experiment on monkeys, where infant monkeys always preferred a warm furry surrogate mother to a feeding wire mother. Another one is a famous language acquisition experiment by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250). He  “bade foster mothers and nurses to suckle the children, to bathe and wash them, but in no way to prattle with them” because he wanted to learn what language the children would speak in absence of caregiver speech (Montagu, 1986). “But he laboured in vain because the children all died. For they could not live without the petting and  joyful faces and loving words of their foster mothers.”

Current college requirements include a course in psychology, however, old chap Maslow did not include a need for touch into his pyramid of basic physiological needs. It is not surprising that the discussion on nurturing children focuses on food and not on a vital (literally) relationship between a mother and a child, where there is no dissection into food, immunization, touch, as well as petting, joyful faces, and loving words.

It is a mother, a woman, who satisfies all the vital human needs, not nursing, not breastfeeding, not feeding, and most certainly, not milk.

Montagu, A. (1986). Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin. New York, NY: William Morrow


Written by Medical Nemesis

December 1, 2012 at 00:41

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To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

Breast. No Bottle.

To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

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